The Future of Classical Music

For Wednesday, February 28, 9:00-11:30 pm CST on KKFI 90.1FM or streaming at, The Classical Challenge Presents The Future of Classical Music: Tonia Ko, Andrea Tarrodi, and Anna Thorvaldsdottir.

And part of the future is right next door, because Tonia Ko lives and works in Lawrence KS. Born 1988 in Hong Kong, grew up in Honolulu, studied at the Eastman School of Music, Indiana University and Cornell where she worked with Steven Stucky and Kevin Ernste. She’s both a visual artist and a composer, which for her are not separate buckets in which to explore her creativity but intrinsically related endeavors. Radio being an aural medium, we’ll only get one side of her work on Wednesday.

Andrea Tarrodi was born in 1981 in Sweden of Swedish-Hungarian ancestry, and remains based in Stockholm. She’s studied at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm, the Conservatorio di Musica di Perugia in Italy, and the College of Music in Pitea (Sweden).

Anna Thorvaldsdottir, born 1977 in Iceland, was recently named Composer in Residence at the Iceland Symphony Orchestra, after holding the Kravis Emerging Composer Award from the New York Philharmonic. She has a PhD from the University of California in San Diego.

We’ll hear:

1. Wanderer Moon – A Prelude and Winter Trees – Tonia Ko (age c23) – Melos Music
2. Hush – Tonia Ko (age c24) – New Morse Code
3. Lume – Andrea Tarrodi (age c26) – Allmanna Sangen
4. Plush Earth in Four Pieces – Part, Jewel, Part, Mud – Tonia Ko (age c26) – Nicholas DiEugenio and Mimi Solomon
5. Birds of Paradise – Andrea Tarrodi (age c27) – Vasteras Sinfonietta led by Jakob Koranyi
6. Zephyros – Andrea Tarrodi (age c28) – ditto
7. NaLa – Andrea Tarrodi (age c28) – Ensemble for New Music
8. Streaming Arythmia – Anna Thorvaldsdottir (age c30) – Caput
9. Dreaming – Anna Thorvaldsdottir (age c31) – Iceland Symphony Orchestra, Bryndis Halla Gylfadottir
10. String Quartet No. 2: “Madardal” (Birdsong) – Andrea Tarrodi (age c32) – Dahlkvist Quartet
11. Serenade in Seven Colours – Andrea Tarrodi (age c33) – Vasteras Sinfonietta led by Jakob Koranyi
12. String Quartet No. 3 “Light Scattering” – Andrea Tarrodi (age c33) – Dahlkvist Quartet
13. Luciernaga – Andrea Tarrodi (age c35?) – Hanna Dahlkvist cello

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